Yamada Yoji, who has made over 80 films, remade Tokyo Story by Ozu Yasujiro, master of Japanese cinema. The basic setups are the same but the background has changed to the modern society. The film follows a Japanese family in the 2010s.
An old couple living in a small island of Setouchi comes up to Tokyo, where their children live. Busy with their own life, the children suggest their parents stay in a hotel. Getting angry, the father starts drinking again and causes a disturbance.
The directing of Yamada Yoji, one of the greatest Japanese directors, and the combination of young actors, such as Tsumabuki Satoshi and Aoi Yu, and old actors like Nishimura Masahiko, portrait within a standard framework the city life that can no longer be linked to the past.
The ending, where the mother´s funeral is held, represents the end of the parents´ generation as well as a modern family that can only unite through death. In a speedy urban life, the only thing that can take hold of a family is an ontological event of death. The film follows the story that seems ordinary but can never be ordinary.
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